Personal Watercraft Accidents

Law firm has demonstrated track record of success in securing compensation for victims

Florida’s beautiful coastline draws many to its waters for a variety of recreational activities, including swimming, boating, and operating a personal watercraft. In 2017, there were 126,390 registered personal watercraft in the state, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Unfortunately, the Commission also reports that there were 151 personal watercraft accidents in 2017. Skilled personal injury attorneys at Ged Lawyers, LLP assist those who have been injured in personal watercraft accidents, with a demonstrated track record of success in securing just compensation for accident victims.

Florida regulations for personal watercrafts

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles requires that all vessels with motors — including personal watercrafts – that operate in Florida waters be both registered with the state and titled. Personal watercrafts must display the Florida registration numbers, hull identification numbers, and valid decal.

To operate a personal watercraft in the state of Florida, the operator must be at least 14 years old. Those individuals born after January 1, 1988 are required to have either:

  • successfully completed a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved boating education course; or
  • passed an equivalent boating education course; or
  • have successfully completed a temporary certificate examination

When operating a vessel with a motor of ten horsepower or greater in Florida, the operator must be in possession of a boating education identification card and a photo identification card.

Personal injury cases are based on negligence

The basis for personal injury claims is legal negligence. Did the at-fault party behave in a reckless manner? Were they careless? Did they fail to follow safety precautions that could have prevented the accident? Because accidents sometimes happen and no one is to blame, in order to pursue a claim of personal injury, legal negligence must be proven.

Florida time limits for filing your claim

Every state has legal time limits for filing a claim in the civil court system, called a statute of limitations. In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is four years from the date the accident occurred. Make sure you file your claim before this deadline passes otherwise the Florida courts will refuse to hear your case and you will forgo the opportunity to recover any compensation for your injuries.

Get the compensation you deserve for your injuries

When you or a loved one has been injured in a personal watercraft accident, your pain and suffering may be accompanied by mounting medical bills, continued treatment, and possibly loss of income. At Ged Lawyers, LLP, we understand how challenging this can be, particularly as you recover from your injuries. Let us help. Our personal injury attorneys are knowledgeable in all facets of Florida personal injury law, and experienced in handling cases stemming from personal watercraft accidents. We work tirelessly on your behalf to secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries. To discuss your case with a member of our team, contact our office at 844-443-3529 or online to schedule a confidential consultation.